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Patrick Cloonan, The Indiana Gazette, writes that warmer weather brings out noisy cicadas. The cicadas in question are magicicada septemdecim, or 17-year cicadas. And yes, they are noisy, says Cloonan, who notes that cicadas think the sound made by power tools are other cicadas. As a result, the cicadas may land on humans, who will, no doubt, freak out even though cicadas are harmless….and tasty, Cloonan adds. Yes, animals and people eat cicadas.
So next time you hear the loud chirping of a tree full of cicadas, you might want to put a pot on. Shouldn’t be hard to find them as they call you to dinner.